Equus is a leader in open-hardware servers and storage solutions. Hasapopoulos highlighted that certain big storage vendors in the industry with proprietary systems do not allow their customers to use new tools like LinuxBoot and OpenBMC (open baseboard management chipset firmware), which enables end-users to gain control, increase flexibility, and improve security. WHITEBOX OPEN™ servers not only enable use of these tools, but also utilize OCP (Open Compute Project) features such as OCP slots with multi-vendor cards for networking and storage interfaces.
Our DNA is boutique engineering of custom open-hardware servers and storage with high touch support
Equus also sees open-hardware adoption in the areas of GPU servers and storage for Deep Learning and AI applications. Equus supports the ability to source your own GPUs, consign GPUs to Equus for factory installation, or purchase full-build systems. “Equus customers now have freedom to choose what is best for them and the ability to eliminate single vendor lock-in,” said Hasapopoulos.
The company continues to expand in the cloud services space by designing custom servers with their clients that are highly affordable. Their team spends a considerable amount of time engineering optimized hardware platforms for specific software applications that will drive successful customer business outcomes. “We call it boutique engineering, where we provide custom open-hardware solutions along with high-touch support,” said Hasapopoulos.
One of the company’s key strengths is dealing with technology churn over many years. In the case of one of their large CDN customers, Equus has engineered and successfully migrated six generations of servers and storage systems over the last ten years. This willingness to promote open-hardware and provide exactly what their customers require has set Equus apart for almost 30 years. “Our company DNA is white box computing and storage,” said Hasapopoulos. “Our ability to adapt technologies, logistics and financials to our customers’ specific needs is the foundation of our long-term customer relationships.”